Sep 122016
 

5 Swymnuts took to the open water for the 2016 RCP Tiburon Mile. Three did it in wetsuits and two in regular suits. Congratulations to all of them for some great swims in tougher conditions this year. Apparently there was some stronger currents, a little more chop and rolling waves. Even the elites were slower this year.

Results are here:

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Nicole Cibellis and Mary Sackett

Nicole Cibellis and Mary Sackett

Sep 092016
 

The fearsome foursome of Giovanni, Sue, Nance and Ken took on Lake Tahoe on August 29th. They all did GREAT coming in within a few minutes of each other. Way to go you crazy NUTS!

Here are their results. Hoping to get some pictures from them for this post. ūüôā

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Ken, Giovanni, Sue & Nance triumphant at Lake Tahoe!

Ken, Giovanni, Sue & Nance triumphant at Lake Tahoe!

Sep 092016
 

Claudia Hermann continued her training for her September Waikiki Roughwater swim by traveling to Manhattan to swim the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier swim on August 7th. This is one determined lady! Great job Claudia

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Update – The 2.4 mile 2016 Waikiki Roughwater swim of September 4th was aptly named. The island had just been hit by a hurricane and the waters were exceptionally rough this year with eddies and riptides. Claudia did start the swim and was about 1.1 miles in when she was pulled from the water. Initially very disappointed, she came to learn that about 300 others were¬†pulled from the water because the conditions became¬†too dangerous. So bummed that you trained for this for a year but we sure are glad you are okay. Sometimes Mother Nature is quite unkind. Despite what happened, Claudia said she learned a lot about dealing with these kinds of conditions for her¬†time in the water on this swim. That’s the spirit Claudia!

Jun 132016
 

Six of our lady Swymnuts challenged themselves to do something none of them had ever done. Four took on the 5K challenge and two took on the 10K challenge at Lake Del Valle. Neither of these swims is for the faint hearted. 5K or even 10K in a pool is pretty darned challenging – now try this in open water where you have no walls and nowhere to rest other than treading water. You have a mass of competitors, buoys that are hard to see, and mind numbing time to think about nothing! Sounds fun, right? Well actually, it is in a way. There is tedium, there is fear, but there is also excitement. And when you finish, there is pure joy and an incredible sense of accomplishment.

So impressed with a job well done for our six strong ladies: Susie Powell, Erica Sutherland, Rachel Craft, Claudia Hermann, Cokie Lepinski and Mary Piel! We hope even more of you join us next year. We did learn that the 10K is really for those who are pretty darned speedy and have endurance. The cut off for the 10K swim is a very brisk 3 hours and 30 minutes. That means you have to be able to maintain around a 33-minute mile to make it. Erica and Susie were our 10K swimmers. They had been told that if they got to the feeding station in a certain time after the third lap they would be allowed to continue. They both made that time cutoff. But we all missed the fine print that said any swimmers on the course after 3 hours and 30 minutes would be pulled. Erica squeaked through that net and finished in 3:33. Susie was pulled right after that and we estimated she had around 700-800 meters left to swim Рabout 10 to 15 minutes max for her. Can you imagine all the training that went into this? She is no slouch and ranks up there in all of her swim meets and open water swims. To be denied just shy of the finish seems so unfair. Still, in our eyes, Susie was a finisher and we know she is mentally and physically an incredible warrior. So kudos to you Susie!

Here are the results for our gals:

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For full results on the Lake Del Valle open water series, you’ll find them on the Pac Masters website here.

Lake Del Valle OWS 2016 Collage

Jun 132016
 

Wow, what a crew we took to Berryessa this year. Last year we had 8 Swymnuts compete at Lake Berryessa. This year? 20! Congratulations to all of them for a job well done. Coach Susie takes our “Toughest NUT” award as the only swimmer among us who did both the 2-mile swim and then the 1-mile swim. She was readying herself for the upcoming 10K swim at Lake Del Valle a week later. There were some phenomenal drops in time for our crew this year¬†who have done this swim in the past

  • Coach Shari dropped :38 seconds off last year’s 1-mile time
  • Coach Cokie dropped 1 min from when she last swam this in 2007
  • Sue August dropped 1:36 from last year’s 1-mile
  • Lynn Forsey dropped 2:38 from last year’s 1-mile
  • Nance Rosencranz dropped an amazing 8 minutes from last year’s 1-mile

The full team results are here:

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For complete results on the entire Lake Berryessa open water swim, you’ll find them here on the Pac Masters website.

Lake Berryessa 2016 Collage

May 272016
 

Spring Lake 2016 Collage

Congratulations to the four swimmers who competed in the first open water of the season, the Spring Lake 1-mile. Spring Lake is in Santa Rosa near Annadale State Park. While initially forecast to be lightning, thunder and rain, the conditions were actually quite nice and the water temp was balmy at 71 degrees.

Our four swimmers, Judy Ferguson, Nicole Cibellis, Gina Rus and Claudia Hermann swam well and they all finished within 18 seconds of each other. Amazing. Way to go ladies!

Full results:¬†http://www.bigskyendurancesports.com/results2016/SPRINGLAKE_1MILE.htm. If you tap the “DIV” column you can see the results by age group.

Three of our swimmers competed in regular suits and Nicole swam in the wetsuit division. Here are there rankings:

  • Judy Ferguson, 55-59 age group, 13th in 29:38.75
  • Claudia Hermann, 50-54 age group, 12th in 29:49.15
  • Regina “Gina” Rus, 50-54 age group, 11th in 29:34.40
  • Nicole Cibellis,40-44 age group,1st in 29:21.25 (wetsuit division)
Sep 292015
 

It was the final weekend for official open water swims in Pacific Masters. Once again the Swymnuts rose to the occasion and showed their stuff. We had 6 Swymnuts and a soon-to-be Swymnut enter and complete their swims. A special congratulations to Brad Beach and Amy Probst with their first ever open water competition! Nicole Cibellis is our soon to be NUT and she posted a very fast half mile wetsuit swim, placing first in her age group, also a first time open water swim for her. She’s got a background as a 500 freestyler, so you can bet I’ve already begun casting my “swim meet charms” to her.

I think I was most proud to have all three pools represented at this swim. We had Sue August and Nance Rosencranz representing the JCC contingent (and Nicole is from there as well). We had Brad Beach representing the IVC group. We had Mary Piel, Amy Probst and Mary Sackett representing our Lucas Valley 5:30 swimmers. We only missed out on our 8:15 LV group and that’s because one of the swimmers who had signed up was sick.

Lots and lots of photos are posted on our team SmugMug page which you can find here. Here are a few to whet your whistle along with our tally of all the open water swim results for the Swymnuts in 2015.

2015 Open Water Results

Scoping out the course Amy, Mary P, Mary S, Nicole

Scoping out the course Amy, Mary P, Mary S, Nicole

Map of the Course Info

Map of the Course Info

Mary S, Amy P, Mary P pre-race

Mary S, Amy P, Mary P pre-race

Nicole C finishing fast!

Nicole C finishing fast!

Amy P looking good - finishing up her 1 mile

Amy P looking good – finishing up her 1 mile

Brad Beach wrapping up his .5 mile swim

Brad Beach wrapping up his .5 mile swim

Sue August with the end of the 1-mile

Sue August with the end of the 1-mile

Mary Piel running in after her 2-mile swim

Mary Piel running in after her 2-mile swim

The beginning of the race

The beginning of the race

Nance R and Amy P were just 3 seconds apart at the finish of the 1-mile

Nance R and Amy P were just 3 seconds apart at the finish of the 1-mile

Aug 252015
 

Clarke Bugbee participated in the Sharkfest Alcatraz Swim on Sunday, August 8th. He liked it so much, he repeated the swim event there two weeks later, swimming a whopping 3 minutes faster! Yup, a crazy NUT indeed. The second event was a duathlon with his wife, Marissa. Clarke swam, Marissa ran, and they wound up 5th out of 29 in the coed division.

Way to go Clarke!

Age Group Event Time Swimmer Age Place
M 45-49 1.5 Mile Swim 42.50 Clarke Bugbee 48 6th
M 45-49 1.5 Mile Swim 39.46 Clarke Bugbee 48 5th

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Aug 062015
 

Mary Sackett traveled to Iowa to spend time with family and take on a distance swim challenge. She successfully completed a 3.5 mile swim in Iowa at West Lake Okoboji from Gull Point State Park to Pikes Point State Park on August 1, 2015. Wow! Nice job Mary.

Age Group Event Time Swimmer Age Place
W 30-39 3.5 Mile Swim 2:18.02 Mary Sacket 39 6th